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Writing for a living is tough, which is why not many people do it. Most of us write for the love of the written word. For me, coming home to sink my teeth in to a work in progress makes getting through the nine to five so much easier.

Of course, a little exposure goes a long way, and those extra pennies for a commissioned work are always welcome.

I’ve created a list of current or forthcoming calls for entries which are open to South African writers. If you know of any others, please feel free to post as a comment.


There are a few anthologies open for entries at the moment. The most exciting is the Afro SF anthology edited by Ivor Hartmann which is looking for Science Fiction by African writers. Entries close 31 may 2012.

Steampunk Revolution is looking for Steampunk-inspired stories under 10 000 words. (Steampunk = Science Fiction usually centered around the 19th Century) Deadline for this is 1 March 2012.

Also exciting is the Alternate History Horror anthology (the name says it all doesn’t it?) The deadline for stories between 1 500-6 000 words is 31 May 2012.

The deadline for Deakin University’s International Short Story Collection is 29 February 2012 so get writing to not miss out. It’s a themed issue on “World’s to Come,” and any genre of story is welcome, including but not limited to science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, realism, magic realism or naturalism

Last but not least, the Fantasy Faction anthology (yes, Faction) closes for entries on 30 June 2012. Stories must be previously unpublished.


There are always exciting things happening in the world of Young Adult Fiction.

Entries for the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature will open any day now, but in the meantime youth writers can enter the Golden Baobab competition, which accepts short stories for youth aged between 8 and 11 and 12 and 15. The competition closes 22 June 2012.

The Maskew Miller Longman Award is also currently open for youth novels between 30 000 and 75 000 words. The deadline is 30 April 2012.

Its very seldom that once in a lifetime opportunities arise. In this case its Angry Robot’s new dedicated YA imprint Strange Chemistry, which is holding an open door month between 16-30 April 2012. This is a fantastic opportunity for speculative or horror themed youth novels (no fantasy accepted.)


The world’s your oyster when it comes to magazines that publish short fiction. I know there are a lot out there, but these are my pick:

Strange Horizons is open again for Speculative Fiction, Abomination Magazine and Something Wicked want your horror while Crack the Spine, Wordsetc and Itch are looking for punchy, smart Fiction that’ll make them sit up and take notice.

Also cool are Jungle Jim and Mahala, two local print magazines looking for edgy Pulp Fiction.

I know, I know, there are many, many more opportunities for writers out there that I’ve left out such as the Caine Prize, the PEN/Studzinski Literary Award, Granta etc These are just a few off the top of my head that are currently open for entries.

I hope you find the list useful. Please enter at least two.

Best of luck.



Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 16th, 2012 @23:42 #

    Thank you, Miz P, compiling and sharing this list was a very friendly thing to do. I of course am smitten by the cat + book pics.


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